Since 1992, Pam and Charlie Weber have hosted live music at Weber & Co., the warehouse where Charlie restores classic wood boats. The Boathouse Concerts focus on traditional and contemporary folk music, as it often tells of a way of life that existed or is threatened with extinction – much like the historic waterfront artist colony at Fifth Avenue Point. At the Boathouse, the audience enjoys an intimate setting, shares homemade desserts and has an opportunity to meet and visit with the musicians. In an age of stadium extravaganzas, with bands on oversized screens, ticket (and parking) prices equally oversized, Boathouse guests sit just feet away from the performers for a small donation, all of which is given to the entertainers. This is an experience rarely available to inner city working residents.
The Boathouse Concerts are produced by the Fifth Avenue Institute, which participates in a growing network of organizations providing “infill” bookings for small venue traveling performers (see HouseConcerts.com, Concertsinyourhome.com and FolkMusic.org.) The Institute also works with members of the Far-West regional chapter of the International Folk Alliance , which fosters and promotes traditional, contemporary and multi-cultural folk music, dance and related performing arts. Additionally, the Institute Board members bring attention to acts playing at regional festivals, and invitations are extended with the message that an appreciative audience can be found at the Boathouse.
The Fifth Avenue Institute produces the Boathouse Concert Series as part of its mission to preserve artisan communities and encourage art and music in neighborhoods.
Unless otherwise noted:
Doors open at 7 pm; Performances begin at 8 pm.
Donation of $20 goes to the musicians
Attendance by reservation only (over 18 only)
Guests are asked to bring a dessert, savory or beverage to share
There is always a barrel by the door for the Food Bank
For further information about upcoming concerts, or inquiries about performing at the Boathouse, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Future Boathouse Concerts
It's never too early to put music on your calendar!
January 18, 2014
We invited Keith to kick off our 2014 series, and he and long-time friend and
superb percussionist Jimmy Norris delivered! We enjoyed all of Keith's new
songs, all of his stories and favorite signature numbers. Sharon Allen joined
Keith for a few songs -- an unexpected and special treat. The evening
ended way too soon.
Whether he’s appearing with City Folk, Dayan Kai or solo, with nothing more than a guitar in hand and a song with a story to tell, Keith Greeninger is a performer not to be missed. A recommendation to those considering hosting your first house concert --Keith would be high on our list of recommended performers.
Mark Your Calendars: 2014 Concerts
Saturday, December 6, 2014 Front Country
Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore
February 23, 2014
Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore are favorites at the Boathouse. -- they
bring a trunkful of ballads, jazz, blues, folk and onstage banter that cannot
be matched. They were accompanied by Eric Thurin on bass, and he
added another dimension to vocal harmonies -- not to mention his
wonderful bass on the jazz and blues!
Their new CD, "Love Runner," is true to their live performance and a great collection of Mollie and Rich's musical diversity.
Steve Smulian accompanied by Kerry Parker and Bob Hahn
Saturday, April 19, 2014
This was one great night a the boathouse! We think a new trio is ready for the house concert circuit! If you have a chance to hear them, do it! This group of friends and superb musicians surprised us in such a good way.
Steve Smulian has been singing all his life, and playing and studying the guitar since his early teens. In addition to writing his own songs and poetry, Steve has many friends who are extraordinary songwriters, and he enjoys sharing their songs with his audience. The multitalented Kerry Parker (violin, octave violin, vocals) added so much to this group. What a lovely contibution with wonderful violin. Bob Hahn (on harps) could do no wrong. He also played guitar and sang..
Saturday, May10, 2014
David Francey exceeded our expectations by a hundredfold! We had heard him live at Kate Wolf and Fiddling Cricket venues, we had most of his CDs, but there was something special about his appearance at the Boathouse.... The music was as wonderful as we rememgered, but we somehow had forgotten about his magnificent sense of humor. The audience loved him -- and he's now part of the Boathouse family. Please hurry back, David!
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Houston Jones hasn't lost its magic, and the high-octane Americana quintet
brought their original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues
and gospel. The band features Glenn Houston (lead acoustic and electric guitars,
mandolin), Travis Jones (lead vocal, acoustic guitar), Henry Salvia (keyboard,
accordion), Josh Zucker (standup bass), and Peter Tucker (drums).
The concert was sold out to the rafters, but nobody complained. We were engergized by the upbeat, touched by the balads, and Travis sent us home to "Heart of Gold," which took many of us back to Strawberry 2005.
If you missed it, check their website for future performances: www.houstonjones.com
Saturday, July 19, 2014
“Steve is one of those quiet ‘under the radar’ songwriters that when you
‘discover’ him you think “lucky me! Everyone should know his beautiful
songs!” Claudia Russell
Steve Meckfessel delivered as promised -- new music from his soon-to-be-released CD, heartfelt stories that led to the music.
Steve Meckfessel is a poet/guitarist/singer-songwriter whose music is rich and deep and always touches the heart. He released his first CD, "Twice" in 2004, and his second, "Under Beautiful Skies," produced and recorded with Keith Greeninger, in 2009. "Twice" was used on the hit TV show, JAG, and "Under Beautiful Skies" received extensive airplay in the U.S., Canada and Australia, and made the Americana radio charts in 2009. Steve has since traveled thousands of miles, performing at house concerts, cafes and venues -- the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Sisters Folk Festival in Oregon, a sold-out performance at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. He has shared the stage with Johnsmith, Keith Greeninger, Claudia Russell, John R. Burr, Peter Andrews, Roger Feuer, Chris Kokesh, Jim Norris, Paul Olguin, Bob Hahn, Dayan Kai, Sylvia Herold and others.
To learn more about Steve Meckfessel, check his
Website: http://www.stevemeckfessel.com/ MySpace page: https://myspace.com/stevemeckfessel
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines
Terri Hendrix is an award-winning Texas songwriter who spins sorrow
into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues. A classically trained vocalist
and deft multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin and harmonica), she
has released more than a dozen albums on her own Wilory Records
label, dodging musical pigeonholes her entire career by weaving folk,
pop, country, blues and swinging jazz into an eclectic style all her own.
That playful mix of styles, buoyed by her energetic stage presence and
the accompaniment of legendary producer/guitarist Lloyd Maines,
makes for a highly energetic and spiritually uplifting live show in any setting, from intimate listening rooms and theaters to festival stages. Visit Terri’s website: http://www.terrihendrix.com
Few people are as important to the development of Texas music over the last 30 years as Lloyd Maines. As a Grammy award-winning producer and musician, the Lubbock-born Maines has played an instrumental role in the creation of some of the Lone Star State's most famous and beloved albums. Over the past 40 years, Maines has worked on approximately four-thousand albums alongside some of the most significant figures in country, rock, and Texas music. To name a few: Rita Hosking, Terry Allen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, and the Waybacks. In addition to his producing credits, Maines is an “A”-list steel guitar player and multi-instrumentalist, and he has toured and recorded as a member of the Joe Ely Band and has performed with Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and others. For an ongoing list of his accomplishments, please visit his website, www.lloydmaines.net.
Terri and Lloyd aren’t on the West Coast often – we are fortunate they have included the Boathouse on their brief California tour.
Here is a link to their performance of “Spiritual Kind.”